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dr. V.A. Venhorst

Universitair Docent

Current Position

Viktor Venhorst is assistant professor at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. His research focusses on the longitudinal analysis of migration patterns and labour market outcomes of, in particular, higher education graduates. Viktor is also working on the project Family Ties, with prof Clara Mulder, funded by an ERC grant. Other research interests include cross-border commuting and urban-rural linkages.

Viktor is also a Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market, University of Maastricht. He holds a PhD in Spatial Sciences from the University of Groningen (2012, Cum Laude). He has a background in Demography (MSc, Cum Laude) and Micro Economics (MSc).

Honours

Winner of the 2017 Faculty of Spatial Sciences Teacher of the Year competition.

Winner of the Regional Studies Association Award for Best International Conference Paper Early Career Category 2015, for the paper “Economic linkages between urban and rural regions - what’s in it for the rural?”, with dr. Gary Bosworth (University of Lincoln, UK).

Winner of the Best Referee Award 2013 for the journal Regional Studies

Winner of the 2013 Gratama Science Award

Finalist in the 2012 26th Charles M. Tiebout prize in Regional Science, with the paper “Human Capital spillovers in Dutch Cities: Consumption or productivity?”

PhD in Spatial Sciences: Cum Laude

MSc in Demography: Cum Laude

Research

His PhD thesis (2007 – 2011) presents the first study for the Netherlands on the spatial mobility of young recent higher education graduates. On March 1st, 2012, it was successfully defended (cum laude). One chapter, the paper “Human Capital spillovers in Dutch Cities: Consumption or productivity?” won second place in the 2012 26th Charles Tiebout prize in Regional Science.

Scientific output from the PhD thesis was integrated with detailed city level survey information in the project “Higher educated in large Dutch cities: Brain Drain or Brain Gain?”, in close cooperation with a consortium of five cities and NICIS Institute (now Platform31). This research project has helped cities re-focus their policies, demonstrating that Brain Drain in the Netherlands is not an issue.

On the basis of the thesis and the related work with Dutch cities, he was awarded the 2013 Gratama Science Award for "societally relevant and innovative research which has received public attention".

During his post-doc (2011 – 2014), he extended this research via the Platform31 project “Successful in the city”, cooperating with ten Dutch cities and repeating the successful mix between papers and policy oriented output.

Using Statistics Netherlands registry data, he applied a longitudinal approach, focussing on issues such as the effects of student-entrepreneurship, cohort differences in the preference for urban environments and longitudinal regional labour market dynamics. In 2016—17 this lead to follow up projects, including a study into spatial mobility of medical specialists. This latter project resulted in the passing of a motion by the Dutch House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer), asking the government to take regional peculiarities into account in the planning and organisation of medical training programmes. 

Viktor is regularly invited to hold (public) lectures, for example invited lectures on the “Geslaagd in de Stad” project (October 2014: Municipality of Groningen, the Netherlands, September 2014: U4 international university meeting on career services, Groningen, the Netherlands and June 2014: Knowledge network on population decline, Assen, the Netherlands); “De toekomst van Geschiedenisstudenten (2016, invited by the Faculty of Arts, UoG). Articles on Viktor’s research have appeared in Dagblad van het Noorden and Medisch Contact.

Supervision of PhD Students

Viktor is the daily supervisor to five PhD students. Elda Pardede is working on interregional migration in Indonesia (first promotor is prof Philip McCann). Titissari is working household financial decision making in Indonesia (first promotor is prof Philip McCann). Dylan Jong is working on the financial position of local government in relation to regional economic and demographic behaviour (first promotor is prof Philip McCann). Roselinde van der Wiel is working on migration in relation to separation of couples, in relation to the presence of resident and non-resident children (first promotor is prof Clara Mulder). Fieke Visser is working on historical trends in urban development (first promotor is prof Philip McCann).

Teaching

From January 2015 onwards, Viktor is responsible for the Statistics courses taught at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (GESTAT1 and GESTAT2, 10 ECTS in total). Furthermore, he teaches in the bachelor level course “Economic Geography”, next to regular guestlectures. He has supervised 20 master thesis projects in the field of Economic Geography and two Research Master Individual Research Training trajectories. He completed the University Teaching Qualification program in 2014 and was Winner of 2017 Faculty of Spatial Sciences Teacher of the Year awards.

International activities, conferences and outreach

Viktor regularly serves as a reviewer for: Journal of Regional Science, Annals of Regional Science, Regional Studies (Best Referee Award 2013), Papers in Regional Science, Spatial Economic Analysis and Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie.  He was a Co-editor of a Special Issue in ISI rated journal Spatial Economic Analysis on “Transitions and location choice: analysing the decisions of students and recent graduates” (2014, volume 9, issue 4), with dr. Maria Abreu (Cambridge University) and dr. Sierdjan Koster (University of Groningen).

Viktor is a member of: Regional Science Association (RSA Nederland, WRSA), Koninklijke Vereniging voor Staathuishoudkunde (KvS), Nederlandse Vereniging voor Demografie (NVD) and the European Society of Population Economics (ESPE). He was co-organizer (with dr. Maria Abreu, Cambridge University, U.K. and dr. Sierdjan Koster, University of Groningen) of Special Sessions during two consecutive conferences (of the European Regional Science Association, focusing on the spatial mobility of recent graduates, regional labour markets and entrepreneurship. These special sessions have resulted in the Special Issue in Spatial Economic Analysis mentioned above. He regularly presents papers in conferences of the European Regional Science Association (including serving as a reviewer for young scientist Epainos Awards), the North American Regional Science Council (participated in invited sessions), the Western Regional Science Association, the European Association of Labour Economics (EALE) and the European Society of Population Economics (ESPE).

Viktor is regularly invited to hold (public) lectures, for example invited lectures on “Geslaagd in de Stad” project (October 2014: Municipality of Groningen, the Netherlands, September 2014: U4 international university meeting on career services, Groningen, the Netherlands and June 2014: Knowledge network on population decline, Assen, the Netherlands).

Research past

Before this, Viktor worked as a researcher on the Nicis project "Brain Drain or Brain Gain" (2009 - 2010), which resulted in new insights in patterns of (internal) migration of Dutch graduates. The report can be downloaded here.

Viktor has also worked as a researcher at the Population Research Centre ( www.rug.nl/prc ) on the project  "Demographic trends and development of quantitative and qualitative housing needs in the northern provinces" (Demografische trends en ontwikkeling van de kwantitatieve en kwalitatieve woningbehoefte: een verkenning voor de noordelijke provincies). The project was funded by a consortia of housing corporations operating in the north of the Netherlands, AEDES and ODW.

Viktor holds a MSc (cum laude, October 2006) in Demography, from the University of Groningen. In his master's thesis he studied the financial and housing consequences of childbearing in the Netherlands.  Next to this, he holds a MSc in Economics, specialized in Micro-Economic Policy, also from the University of Groningen. He wrote a master's thesis on the determinants of happiness.  

Other research interests are at the border between Demography and Economics, such as:
  • Housing markets
  • Regional labour markets
  • Population projections and regional migration
  • Household economics
  • Subjective economic data

Download full CV here.

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